Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she's never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities. To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must violate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.
This was a very complex book, full of legal twists and turns with a great number of things going on, what's described above is about 1/4 of the plot, from the personal side of her mother's killer's execution date coming up, her father has a second stroke is on life support, and the only decision to make is when to pull the plug. So it's a hectic, stressful, painful, and emotional time for Jamie, and the betrayals and backstabbing, and the deals cut, well, it was highly interesting read!
Adding to the story is the emotional conflict that Jamie has, first from a professional angle, and then near the very end, someone else, a dog lover, someone that I personally liked throughout the story, even though his introduction, and what he was doing, wasn't exactly on the up and up.
Then all the conflict with the whole "prisoners not making deals, and anyone who does is punished either their own deaths, or the deaths of dear ones" and all that, well, that had a punch that just was hard to navigate, especially since it was engineered to do what it did, and if you pay attention, you'll see who it benefits, and maybe figure out a bad guy or 2.
The ending, with the shocking betrayal, well, that was sad, it was almost like another loss, and it was truly, but it was a loss that was needed. Which left the characters a bit rocking, but it was the final blow in a great book, and it just made it even better! Loved it!
This was an awesome book, great characters, great plot, and yeah, just the best! Hope you guys check it out!
Author: Randy Singer
Read: May 27th-28th, 2012
Source: Publisher for review
Reason Why: Sounded like a great book!
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Published: February 17th 2012